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Time to let health law succeed

To the editor:

Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, has been law for three years, and last year was substantially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Republican extremists, and those in their thrall, have relentlessly tried to sabotage its gradual implementation, including the current brinksmanship which threatens to cripple an already gridlocked government. If you think they are doing so out of conviction that the law is counterproductive and bad for America, I’d ask you to consider a broader perspective:

Two programs come to mind: Social Security and Medicare. Both were adamantly opposed by conservatives. Predictions that they would wreck the country and cripple to economy were commonplace. Both are now recognized as among the most effective ongoing government programs in our history. And both were progressive, Democratic Party causes.

When Affordable Care also succeeds, it will further demonstrate how out of touch the Republican Party is with the needs of the typical American family. Republicans realize this, and will do anything to avoid allowing this to happen, including sending the country to ruin. We are the only industrialized country without some kind of universal health care; it is time to let Obamacare succeed, and for the 99 percent of us who are not rich to reap its benefits.

Mike Bradley


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